Wanuri Kahiu has filed a lawsuit to make Rafiki eligible for an Oscar, appealing against Kenya’s hardline conservative laws regarding homosexuality

The Kenyan director of a movie banned in her home country for telling a love story about two women has filed a lawsuit seeking to lift the ban so it can be considered as the country’s Oscars entry, court documents show.

Rafiki, which means friend in Swahili, premiered at the Cannes film festival, the first Kenyan film to do so. It is adapted from an award-winning short story, Jambula Tree, by Ugandan writer Monica Arac de Nyeko.

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